This Week’s Comics & Merchandise for February 28th 2018!

NEW COMICS (RECOMMENDATIONS IN BOLD)

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ABBOTT #2 (MATURE READERS) – Abbott by Saladin “Black Bolt” Ahmed and Sami Kivela for Boom Studios was the book everyone asked for in shops across the country! Reprints on #1 are available this week, so be sure to not miss out on your copy of #2!

ACTION COMICS #998 BOOSTER SHOT PART 6

ALISIK FALL #1 (OF 2) – Cover by Junko Mizuno.

ALL NEW WOLVERINE #31 – Featuring Deadpool.

ALTER EGO MAGAZINE #151

AMAZING CEREBUS ONE SHOT

AMERICA #12 FINAL ISSUE

AVENGERS #682 NO SURRENDER PART 8

BACKWAYS #3

BATGIRL #20

BATMAN BEYOND #17 THE LONG PAYBACK PART 4

BEEF A BIOCHEMICAL ROMANCE #1 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS) – New from Richard Starkings and Shakey Kane for Image Comics.

BETTIE PAGE #8

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #4

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA OLD MAN JACK #6

BLACK HAMMER: DOCTOR STAR & KINGDOM LOST TOMORROWS #1 – See the origin of Doctor Star by Lemire and Fiumara.

BLACK PANTHER #170 CLAW STANDS SUPREME PART 5 – Featuring an interview with Black Panther movie director Ryan Coogler!

BLUE BEETLE #18 FINAL ISSUE

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 11 GILES #1 – The teacher has become the student as Giles has been reborn as a teenager! Now it is his turn to investigate strange happenings at an L.A. high school. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer saga officially continues in comic book form from Dark Horse Comics.

CALEXIT #2 (MATURE READERS)

CAPTAIN MARVEL #129 DARK ORIGIN PART 5 – Captain Marvel is lost in a mirror universe in the grip of a battle over the Reality Stone!

CHAMPIONS #17 CHAMPION FOR A DAY PART 2

DAYS OF HATE #2 (OF 12) (MATURE READERS)

DEMON HELL IS EARTH #4 (OF 6)

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #295 BUCKET LIST

DETECTIVE COMICS #975 – After taking the law into her own hands to the ultimate degree last issue, the fate of Batwoman and her standing in Gotham City is decided!

DOCTOR STRANGE #386 DAMNATION TIE IN – Doctor Strange has succeeded in restoring Las Vegas, but in the process he has brought a small piece of the underworld to Earth! Can he play Mephisto’s game and win or has Doctor Strange doomed humanity?

ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #24 FINAL ISSUE – Forty years of Elf Quest stories culminates here!

FLASH #41 PERFECT STORM PART 3

GASOLINA #6 (MATURE READERS)

GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #249 DAWN OF THE ARISHIKAGE PART 3

GI JOE VS THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 – The Six Million Dollar Man has had his programming corrupted by Cobra and now the Joe team has to endure a tireless foe!

GO GO POWER RANGERS #7

GOTHAM CITY GARAGE #10 (OF 12)

GWENPOOL #25 FINAL ISSUE

HACK SLASH RESURRECTION #5 (MATURE READERS)

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 ZOD’S WILL PART 3

HELLBLAZER #19 THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 1

HUNGRY GHOSTS #2 (OF 4) (MATURE READERS) – Tales of horror co-written by Anthony Bourdain.

IMAGINARY FIENDS #4 (OF 6) (MATURE READERS)

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #597 SEARCH FOR TONY STARK PART 5 – Featuring Ironheart and the Infamous Iron Man!

IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #3 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

JESSICA JONES #17 RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN PART 5 (MATURE READERS) – Just one more issue to go before the conclusion of the series by Bendis, Gaydos, and Mack!

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH #1 (OF 12) – The highly anticipated Labyrinth prequel begins now! How did Jareth find himself as ruler of the Labyrinth and was he always the Goblin King? The answers will be yours soon!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #25

KISS/ ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 (OF 5)

LEGION #2 (OF 5)

LOCKJAW #1 (OF 4)

LONG LOST #4

LUMBERJANES #47

MARVEL PREVIEWS #8 MARCH 2018 – Use this guide to help you make your preorder decisions for Marvel Comics material hitting our selves in May 2018!

MARVEL’S AVENGERS INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #2 (OF 2)

MERA QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #1 (OF 6) – While the throne of Atlantis is flux, Aquaman’s brother races to fill the vacancy! Get ready for Mera versus Ocean Master in this anticipated mini series! Covers by Nicola Scott or Stanley Lau.

MILK WARS CONCLUSION DOOM PATROL/ JLA SPECIAL #1

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #28 FANTASTIC THREE PART 4

MOON KNIGHT #192 CRAZY RUNS IN THE FAMILY PART 5

MOTHERLANDS #2 (OF 6) (MATURE READERS)

MOTOR CRUSH #10

OPTIMUS PRIME #16 THE FALLING PART 2

OPTIMUS PRIME ANNUAL 2018 STARSCREAM THE MOVIE – Former Decepticon Thundercracker makes his directorial debut with his chronicle of Starscream’s time as ruler of the planet Cybertron! Can Earth handle the true story?

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 MOST WANTED PART 4 – The war with the Terrible Tinkerer takes an unexpected turn in this special anniversary issue!

PREVIEWS #354 MARCH 2018 – Use this magazine to help you make your preorder choices for material from Marvel, DC, Image Comics, and all other publishers releasing items starting in May 2018!

RAT QUEENS #8 COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING PART 3 (MATURE READERS)

RAVEN DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #2 (OF 12)

REDNECK #10 (MATURE READERS)

RICK & MORTY #35

ROM & THE MICRONAUTS #3 (OF 5)

ROUGH RIDERS RIDE OR DIE #1 (MATURE READERS)

ROYAL CITY #10 SONIC YOUTH CONCLUSION (MATURE READERS)

RUFF & REDDY SHOW #5 (OF 6)

SAGA #49 (MATURE READERS)

SILENCER #2 NEW AGE OF DC HEROES – Talia al Ghul has sent warning that the protections in place allowing The Silencer to live a normal life free from the League of Assassins are all rescinded! Can she and her family escape?

SLEEPLESS #3

SPAWN #283

SPIDER-GWEN #29 GWENOM PART 5

SPIDER-MAN/ DEADPOOL #28 AREA 41 PART 2

STAR WARS DARTH VADER #12 THE RULES OF FIVE PART 2

SUICIDE SQUAD #36 HACKED PART 2

TEEN TITANS #17 THE FOLLOWING PART 2

TERRIFICS #1 NEW AGE OF DC HEROES – From the pages of Dark Knights Metal comes the most anticipated of the new DC Comics series! Mister Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man, and others explore the Multiverse and you never know where they will go or who they will see! By Lemire and Reis.

THANOS #16 THANOS WINS PART 4 – Finally! The origin of the most popular Marvel Universe character since Weapon H, the Cosmic Ghost Rider! Each issue since #13 has required a reprint to meet demand! Are you reserving Thanos or are you taking your chances?

THROWAWAYS #12 (MATURE READERS)

TMNT ONGOING #79 INVASION OF THE TRICERATONS PART

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #15

TRANSFORMERS VS VISIONARIES #3 (OF 5)

TWISTED ROMANCE #4 (OF 4) (MATURE READERS)

UNDERWINTER FIELD OF FEATHERS #5 (MATURE READERS)

VOID TRIP #4 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

WILDS #1 (MATURE READERS) – New from Black Mask.

WONDER WOMAN #41 AMAZONS ATTACKED PART 1

X-MEN BLUE #22 POISON X PART 4

X-O MANOWAR #12

 

ACME COMICS PRESENTS

COMICS FOR KIDS

DUCKTALES #6

MY LITTLE PONY LEGENDS OF MAGIC #11

NARWHAL GN VOL 02 SUPER NARWHAL & JELLY JOLT

SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #35

STEVEN UNIVERSE #13

 

NEW LIMITED EDITION VARIANTS

(Pricing dependent upon rarity, first reserved-first served, serious inquiries only please)

ACTION COMICS #998 MANAPUL VARIANT EDITION

ALL NEW WOLVERINE #31 HULK VARIANT EDITION

AVENGERS #682 BRADSHAW CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

BATGIRL #20 VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN BEYOND #17 JOHNSON VARIANT EDITION

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #4 STAGGS VARIANT EDITION B

BETTY AND VERONICA VIXENS #4 ST ONGE VARIANT EDITION C

BLACK PANTHER #170 CHECCHETTO YOUNG GUNS VARIANT EDITION

BLACK PANTHER #170 MOVIE VARIANT EDITION

BLUE BEETLE #18 KIRKHAM VARIANT EDITION

DETECTIVE COMICS #975 ALBUQUERQUE VARIANT EDITION

DOCTOR STRANGE DAMNATION #1 (OF 4) GARRON YOUNG GUNS VARIANT EDITION

DOCTOR STAR & KINGDOM LOST TOMORROWS #1 VARIANT EDITION

FLASH #41 PORTER VARIANT EDITION

GI JOE VS SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

GI JOE VS SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 GALLANT VARIANT EDITION B

GWENPOOL #25 BARTEL VARIANT EDITION

GWENPOOL #25 SHIRAHAMA VARIANT EDITION

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 KIRKHAM VARIANT EDITION

IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #3 (OF 5) VARIANT EDITION B

IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST #3 (OF 5) GORDER VARIANT EDITION C

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH #1 (OF 12) CORONATION 1:15 DURIEUX INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

JIM HENSON LABYRINTH #1 (OF 12) ISAACS SUBSCRIPTION VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #25 VARIANT EDITION

KISS/ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 (OF 5) MONTES VARIANT EDITION B

KISS/ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 (OF 5) HAESER VARIANT EDITION C

MERA QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #1 (OF 6) LAU VARIANT EDITION

MOTOR CRUSH #10 STEWART VARIANT EDITION B

OPTIMUS PRIME #16 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

OPTIMUS PRIME #16 COLLER VARIANT EDITION B

OPTIMUS PRIME ANNUAL 2018 GRIFFITH VARIANT EDITION B

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 BLANK VARIANT EDITION

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 NAKAYAMA HULK VARIANT EDITION

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 YOUNG VARIANT EDITION

RAT QUEENS #8 CVR B LEE (MATURE READERS)

RUFF & REDDY SHOW #5 (OF 6) VARIANT EDITION

SPAWN #283 CVR B MCFARLANE & KUDRANSKI

SUICIDE SQUAD #36 SORRENTINO VARIANT EDITION

TEEN TITANS #17 HARDIN VARIANT EDITION

TMNT ONGOING #79 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TMNT ONGOING #79 EASTMAN VARIANT EDITION B

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #15 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #15 ROCHE VARIANT EDITION B

TRANSFORMERS VS VISIONARIES #3 (OF 5) 1:10 INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS VS VISIONARIES #3 (OF 5) VEREGGE VARIANT EDITION B

WILDS #1 CVR B ALTERICI (MATURE READERS)

WONDER WOMAN #41 FRISON VARIANT EDITION

X-O MANOWAR #12 CAMUNCOLI VARIANT EDITION B

 

NEW TRADE PAPERBACKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, & HARDCOVERS 

BODIE TROLL ORIGINAL GN

CAPTAIN AMERICA TP ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA – Contains the long out-of-print four part story by Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire on the early days of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes! And more!

CROSSWIND TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS) – From Image Comics! Through a bizarre turn of events, a housewife and a criminal underworld hitman switch minds and have to maintain cover until they can figure out how to undo what has happened! Written by Gail Simone with art by Kat Staggs. Contains issues #1-6 for only $9.99!

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE – Deadpool has set his sights on killing Cable for real, so his former friend may actually be in trouble! Contains issues #287-291.

ELEANOR & THE EGRET TP VOL 01 – New from Sam Keith through Aftershock Comics.

HERCULES WRATH OF THE HEAVENS TP

JACK KIRBY 100TH CELEBRATION COLLECTION TP – All new stories with Jack Kirby’s best known DC Comics concepts including the New Gods, Newsboy Legion & the Boy Commandos, and more!

JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH TP VOL 05 LEGACY – Contains issues #26-31.

KISS/ VAMPIRELLA TP

LEGEND OF ZELDA TWILIGHT PRINCESS MANGA GN VOL 03

LETTER 44 TP VOL 06 THE END (MATURE READERS) – The final volume of the Oni Press series written by Charles Soule! Ask us what Letter 44 is about and you will want to dive into it!

LONE SLOANE GAIL HC (MATURE READERS)

MOTOR GIRL OMNIBUS SC – The complete Terry Moore series.

NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS HC VOL 01 SHADOWS – Ancient gods clash with modern gods in this adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel! Compliments the television show as well. Contains issues #1-9.

NEW MUTANTS EPIC COLLECTION TP CURSE OF VALKYRIES – Contains issues #71-85 and more.

STAR WARS JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC MACE WINDU TP

SUPERMAN THE MANY WORLDS OF KRYPTON TP

TEEN TITANS REBIRTH TP VOL 02 THE RISE OF AQUALAD – Contains issues #6-7, 9-11, and, 13-14.

TMNT/ GHOSTBUSTERS TP VOL 02

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL TP VOL 07 BEEN WAITING FOR SQUIRREL LIKE YOU

UNSTOPPABLE WASP TP VOL 02 AGENTS OF G.I.R.L. – Contains issues #5-8 to complete the series.

VICTOR LAVALLE’S DESTROYER TP (MATURE READERS) – A new spin on the story of Frankenstein’s monster.

WEAPON X TP VOL 02 HUNT FOR WEAPON H

 

NEW STATUES & ACTION FIGURES 

JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE AQUAMAN ARTFX+ STATUE

MARVEL HEROES DAREDEVIL 1/4 SCALE ACTION FIGURE

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE DC DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE MARVEL WOLVERINE ACTION FIGURE

SUPERGIRL TV SUPERGIRL ARTFX+ STATUE

TRANSFORMERS TITANS RETURN DELUXE ACTION FIGURE ASSORTMENT

TRANSFORMERS TITANS RETURN LEADER ACTION FIGURE ASSORTMENT

 

NEW FUNKO POPS!

POP RICK AND MORTY PICKLE RICK W/ LASER VINYL FIGURE

POP MONSTER HUNTER HUNTER VINYL FIGURE

POP STRANGER THINGS ELEVEN VINYL FIGURE

 

RE-ORDER GRAPHIC NOVELS AND HARDCOVER’S

AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

BACKSTAGERS TP VOL 02

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY

BLACK COMIX RETURNS HC

BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 01 SECRET ORIGINS

BLACK PANTHER BY PRIEST TP VOL 01

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 01 FINELY WOVEN THREAD

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 01 SHIELDS MOST WANTED

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 02 TIGHTLY TANGLED WEB

BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 03 LAST DAYS

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN TP

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER PREMIERE HC JOURNEY BEGINS

DARK TOWER PREMIERE HC GUNSLINGER BORN

DARK TOWER PREMIERE HC TREACHERY

DARK TOWER TP BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL

DARK TOWER TP LONG ROAD HOME

DOWNWARD TO EARTH HC (MATURE READERS)

FINAL CRISIS TP

LOVECRAFT MYTH OF CTHULHU HC

LUMBERJANES TP VOL 01

MONSTER HUNTER FLASH HUNTER MANGA GN VOL 01

MONSTER HUNTER ORAGE MANGA GN VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

NAMELESS CITY GN VOL 01 (OF 3)

RUNAWAYS TP VOL 06 PARENTAL GUIDANCE

SABRINA CHILLING ADVENTURES TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

SAGA TP VOL 02 (MATURE READERS)

SAMI SAMURAI SQUIRREL WELCOME TO WOODBRIAR GN

SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE HC

SPARKS GN

UNTAMED TP VOL 01 SINNERS PRAYER

UNTAMED TP VOL 02 KILLING FLOOR

 

RE-ORDER SINGLE ISSUES

ABBOTT #1 (OF 5) (2ND PRINTING)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794 2ND PRINTING IMMONEN VARIANT EDITION

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #42

AVENGERS #677 2ND PRINTING LARRAZ VARIANT EDITION

AVENGERS #678 2ND PRINTING LARRAZ VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #3 (OF 8) 3RD PRINTING

BLACK BOLT #5

BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1

DARK KNIGHTS RISING THE WILD HUNT #1

FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE TRIO

GO GO POWER RANGERS #3

JUDAS #3 (OF 4)

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #24 VARIANT EDITION

RUMBLE #3 (MATURE READERS)

RUMBLE #3 CVR B FEJZULA & GARATEA (MATURE READERS)

SKYBOURNE #5

THANOS #15 2ND PRINTING SHAW VARIANT EDITION

TITANS #20

X-MEN BLUE ANNUAL #1 POISON X 2ND PRINTING BRADSHAW VARIANT EDITION

 

RE-ORDER ACTION FIGURES & STATUES

BLACK PANTHER MARVEL LEGENDS ACTION FIGURES – LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE

MARVEL PREMIERE COLLECTION GAMORA STATUE

MARVEL PREMIERE COLLECTION THANOS STATUE

 

 

* THIS WEEK’S FEATURED IMAGE BY DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON *

COMIC SHOP GLOSSARY OF TERMS

It occurred to me one day that, just like in any industry, inside the comic shop we speak our very own language.  A language that is as deliberate and intricate as it is
insular and bizarre. So I thought I’d create something of a gateway into this potentially intimidating and impenetrable code.

This will be an ongoing work in progress that is regularly updated and amended. If you would like to request a definition, please let us know and we’ll get right on it. Or if you see fit to define a term yourself, please submit it to us for review!

 

BACK ISSUE: The term back issue encompasses any comic that is no longer available on the general current sales shelves.  A back issue could be a comic book from the 1980s or a book from four weeks ago.  Such books can be found bagged to protect them from damage and priced in the back issue bins or backstock, in alpha-numeric order.

BACKWALL: The “backwall” in a comic book store is the area of the store where higher priced books are kept.  Key issues, vintage comic books, rarities. The backwall does not literally have to be a wall behind a counter, but often is. This term is also applicable to booths at comic book conventions

BACK ORDER: Back order is a distribution technical term regarding the status of an
order.  A back order means that the item is currently out of stock at the distributor, but if more are found there, the back order will fill. While not ideal, back order is not as bad as when a reordered item is “sold out” at the distributor. Example: If it’s an ambulance (back order), you’ve got a chance. If it’s a hearse (sold out) then it’s gotta be worse.

COMIC SHOP LOCATOR: Comic Shop Locator is a service by which a fan can find
a comic book store in the area they are located in by providing the zip code. This service is invaluable while traveling. The phone number is 1-888-COMIC-BOOK or the website is http://www.comicshoplocator.com. There is also a phone app. Be aware that at times Comic Shop Locator may not be updated to reflect store closings or relocations.

CROSSOVER: A crossover simply refers to content or characters from one series crossing over into another series. Example: The Outsiders and Checkmate series are crossing over together for a storyline that goes through both series.

DIAMOND DISTRIBUTION: Diamond is the Baltimore based distribution company that handles the majority of comic book and related merchandise in the U.S. and beyond. Monthly Diamond releases a preview catalog that contains solicitations for comic books from major and independent publishers, and merchandise, that is set for release starting as early as two months later. This catalog, Previews, is available to the public in magazine format and online. This is a valuable tool to assist with making preorders.

FILL-IN ART: A “fill-in” is the term for the circumstance where a writer or artist (or both) other than the regular creative team steps in to do an issue or a storyline. Sometimes the fill-in will occur in order to give the assigned creative team time to catch up to deadlines or to keep the series releasing on its regular schedule.

GRAPHIC NOVEL: A graphic novel is a single work, published for the first time in a bound paperback or hardcover form that was not previously released as individual issues. Examples: JLA: Earth 2, Blankets, The Goon: Chinatown, and Star Wars: Force
Unleashed are graphic novels. Watchmen is not a graphic novel, but rather a trade paperback compilation of twelve individual issues. In recent times though, the term graphic novel has become a catch all encompassing trade paperbacks. The term original graphic novel can replace the meaning of the general graphic novel term.

GUTTER: When looking at a comic book page with panels, the gutter refers to the blank space between the panels. Often times in this space, time may pass or unseen actions may occur that the brain will fill in on its own without being expressly shown. For more on the gutter effect see: Understanding Comics graphic novel.

HARDCOVER: A hardcover is a bound collection of material which has a hard cover as opposed to a softcover like a trade paperback. Hardcovers can be a collection of material originally released in another format such as issues or it can contain unique material that has not existed in any previous format (see: Graphic Novel). Examples: DC Absolute Editions (high quality over sized format hardcover with accompanying slipcase) and Marvel Omnibus (over sized hardcover reprinting many sequential issues of early material or a run by a particular writer or artist).

INDEPENDENT COMICS: Independent comics encompass comic publishers outside of the mainstream. Mainstream publishers include major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image Comics as well as smaller companies like IDW, Dynamite, and Devil’s Due. Independent comics often come from very small publishers or may even be self-published by the actual creator. The term “indie” is the common abbreviation for “Independent Comics.”

ONE-SHOT: A one shot is a special stand alone issue. Usually a one shot will say “one shot” on the cover, may feature no issue number or, may display only a #1 on the cover even though there will be no second issue.

PRESTIGE FORMAT: A prestige format comic is generally a square bound individual issue, usually 48-64 pages in length. Example: Batman The Killing Joke originally released as new material prestige format one shot.

RATING – ALL AGES: Comics that are specifically made for kids or contain content that kids and adults can both read are commonly rated as being “all ages.” Marvel Comics has a line of all-ages comics as part of the Marvel Adventures line (Marvel Adventures Spider-man, Marvel Adventures Avengers) which feature the recognizable Marvel heroes in adventures that will be appropriate for young readers and can be enjoyed by older readers as well. A wide variety of all ages comic books and graphic novels can be found in Acme’s All Ages section.

RATING – MATURE READERS: Mature readers is the rating given to comics
containing material that is not intended for young readers. The content may include adult language, graphic violence as opposed to action, or situations young readers would be uninterested in. Marvel Max comics and DC Vertigo lines are intended for mature
readers and many independent comics are intended for mature readers as
well. Mature readers is abbreviated as (MR).

RETCON: A “retcon” or retroactive continuity is the term used when the content of an existing story is changed after it has already been published. Example #1: After Crisis on Infinite Earths, a DC storyline from the 1980s, Superman had a new origin in which he did not gain his signature super powers until he was eighteen years old. Meaning he had no adventures as Superboy. Example #2: As a result of Spider-man One More Day, a recent and controversial storyline, Peter Parker and Mary Jane were never married. The stories all still happened, but they were simply not married during those stories.

SOLICITATION: A solicitation is the description of an item as it appears in the Previews ordering catalog. It usually includes the title, creative team, page count, price, projected
release date, and a brief description of the content. If something is “advance solicited” then it is available to order, but won’t be released for up to a year rather than the usual two month lead time.

SUBSCRIPTION: The term subscription refers to the in-store subscription service through which customers make arrangements to have new releases held/ ordered for them so they do not have to risk an issue selling out because they are not able to make it to the shop specifically on new release day. Another term for subscription is preorder.

SUPPLIES – BAGS: Bags, as a noun, are the plastic (usually polypropylene, but they can be polyethelyne) bags specifically designed to protect and preserve comic books. Sizes range from current, silver age, golden age, and magazine. Bag, as a verb, refers to the act of putting comic books into bags and then sealing them shut with tape. Example: “How many comics did you bag last weekend?”

SUPPLIES – BOARD: Board refers to any size of the optional cardboard backing
that can be placed within the comic book bag to provide support to the comic
itself. Comic book bags and boards must be of the same type to be used effectively. Example: Current bags + Current Boards = Correct, Current bags + Silver age boards = Incorrect.

SUPPLIES – LONG BOX: The long comic box is the largest standard storage box
offered. It comes as one flat piece of cardboard that forms the box and one separate piece of cardboard that forms the lid. Relatively easy to assemble, the long comic book box holds approximately 300 unbagged and unboarded regular sized comic books.

SUPPLIES – SHORT BOX: The short comic box is the smallest standard comic
storage box. It is less than half the size of a long comic box, holding approximately less than half of what a long comic box can hold and it is constructed in the same fashion with two pieces of cardboard.

TRADE PAPERBACK: A trade paperback is simply a softcover collection of material that was originally released in individual issue form. Example: Watchmen is a trade paperback containing the story originally presented as twelve individual issues. In recent years the definitions of graphic novel, trade paperback, collected edition, and volume have become interchangeable as far as the general public is concerned. Purists will still differentiate these terms. The term paperback is also applicable when describing a trade paperback.

VARIANT COVER/ INCENTIVE VARIANT: A variant cover is simply a cover different from the standard release cover.  Sometimes this variant cover is available in a 50/50 ratio meaning that out of 100 copies, 50 will be one cover and 50 will be another cover. Other times variant covers will be more limited in frequency.  Example: This cover is available the ratio of 1 per every 25 copies that the store buys. Or if the store buys 100 copies then it can have access to 1 copy of a variant cover. That is a 1:100 copies variant cover.

VIRGIN VARIANT COVER: A virgin cover is the name given to a variant cover that features only the pure artwork uninterrupted by title logos, publisher banners, or creator credits.

 

DEFINITIONS TO COME:

ANNUAL

ERA – SILVER AGE

ERA – GOLDEN AGE

FOOTNOTE

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

MAXI-SERIES

MINI-SERIES (LIMITED)

NEW COMIC DAY

REBOOT

RELAUNCH

REPRINT

RE-ORDER

RUN

SPLASH PAGE

SUPPLIES – DRAWER BOX